New Zealand Petroleum & Minierals (NZPM) reported Monday that Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges has opened consultation with the country's indigenous Maori group and local authorities on Block Offer 2017.
The consultation will take place on 2 proposed onshore block areas, 1 proposed onshore/nearshore block area, and 4 proposed offshore block areas, covering a total area of around 196,407 square miles (508,691 square kilometers).
The proposal covers:
NZ&P said the consultation is intended to identify areas of sensitivity or significance that the Minister needs to be aware of, including sites that might need to be protected for their cultural, social or spiritual significance. The tribes can ask the Minister through consultation to remove these blocks or areas within blocks, or put conditions on any permits over certain areas to protect them.
Meanwhile, NZ&P is seeking the views of the public through consultation from Oct. 17 to Nov. 18 with local authorities. This allows us to gain a better understanding of community views and any relevant regional issues (such as restrictions on drilling in the district plan).
When the consultation is completed, NZP&M will provide advice to the Minister who will then decide on the final blocks to be released for tender March 2017.
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